A risk-averse newsvendor model under the CVaR criterion. (English) Zbl 1233.90015

Summary: The classical risk-neutral newsvendor problem is to decide the order quantity that maximizes the one-period expected profit. In this note, we consider a risk-averse newsvendor with stochastic price-dependent demand. We adopt conditional value-at-risk (CVaR), a risk measure commonly used in finance, as the decision criterion. The aim of our study is to investigate the optimal pricing and ordering decisions in such a setting. For both additive and multiplicative demand models, we provide sufficient conditions for the uniqueness and existence of the optimal policy. Comparative statics show the monotonicity properties and other characteristics of the optimal pricing and ordering decisions. We also compare our results with those of the newsvendor with a risk-neutral attitude and a general utility function.


90B05 Inventory, storage, reservoirs
91B30 Risk theory, insurance (MSC2010)
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